Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD wins historic majority

Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD wins historic majority

By Staff Writer

Nov 13, 2015 | 5:18 pm

Democracy Icon , Aung San Suu Kyi has won Myanmar’s landmark election and claimed a staggering majority in parliament, ending half a century of dominance by the military and providing the symbol of a decades-old democracy movement with a mandate to rule.

The government’s election commission in the capital of Naypyidaw said the National League for Democracy party had won 348 seats across the lower and upper house of parliament, 19 more than the 329 needed for an absolute majority.

In the latest standings, the incumbent military-backed Union Solidarity and Development party has taken just 40 seats across the two chambers. Minority parties won a handful of further seats.

Under the constitution, Ms Suu Kyi cannot become president herself.

Despite this, the election was seen as the first openly contested poll in Myanmar – also known as Burma – in 25 years.

With only 83% of the results announced so far this week, the NLD’s majority is likely to rise yet further.

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